Tech Tips: The last gearbox instructional you’ll ever need!

Our lead technician Josh takes you through this in-depth video on everything you’ll ever need to know about your M4 airsoft gearbox. How do they work? How to take them apart? Tips, tricks and hints galore!

The video may be long, but it is chock full of great information. A definite “FAVORITE” and a video you can come back to again and again.

If you still have additional questions or want to suggest another video for our techs to provide, email us at info@vipairsoft.net!

VIP Tech Tips: How to Change an Outer Barrel

So last time we showed you how to change you inner barrel, and now we’re gonna walk you through changing your outer barrel as requested by one of our YouTube subscribers.

Helpful tools to have:
1. AR Wrench (Also known as a Delta Wrench)
2. 3/32nd Punch (if you have an A2 Front forward triangle site)
3. Vice
4. Patience

Please remember- these higher end airsoft guns are durable, yet fragile. If you aren’t comfortable or confident completing any of these TechTips, please find a technician to complete the work for you. An important note for new gun buyers: most manufacturers will not warranty out your gun or any parts if you broke it while trying to mess with it yourself, but they will warranty it if a technician at a certified airsoft company does.

Don’t forget that you can reach out to our technicians with your questions or suggestions for new Tech Tips! They will be more than happy to answer questions like “I want to switch from a A2 Front Site to a quad rail system. What will I need?” or “Will this rail system work for my rifle?” or our personal favorite… “I [verb]ed my gun into [object] and now the barrel is bent/curves to the side. What do I do?” (The answer to that last one is get a new inner and outer barrel, cus you done broke your gun. Like broke broke your gun.)

Stay tuned for more Tech Tips!

HEAD TECHS: ben@vipairsoft.net and josh@vipairsoft.net

VIP Tech Tips : How to Swap an M4 AEG Inner Barrel

Today on VIP Tech Tips, Bailey takes us through swapping an M4 AEG Inner barrel. It’s a very easy thing to do, but it’s not something everyone knows how to do correctly, so watch on to see if you learn something new!

If you aren’t confident in making the swap, find a technician, like the 5 we have here on staff, to help you out. Its better to ask for more clarification on your gun, than to accidentally break it or lose a part.

What’s the Difference? – 3 Rifle Comparison

“So…. how come these guns look the same but cost different? What’s the difference?”

Here at our retail walk-in location, we get that question a lot when it comes to our three most popular M4 style AEG rifles: the G&G CM16 Raider, the KWA CQR Mod 2 and the Elite Force V2 CQB/CQC. They all look so similar, so we’re dissecting the ins and outs (literally!) of each gun to give you on easy to understand list right here!

G&G CM16 Raider :    $189.95 –    9.6v Battery & Charger Included
Elite Force V2 CQB:    $169.95 –    No Battery
KWA CQR Mod 2:       $199.95 –    No Battery

EXTERNALS

FRONT BARREL/BODY

The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a fiber reinforced polymer quadrail system and triangle sight.

        Fiber reinforced polymer upper and lower receiver

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with a metal quadrail system and flip up sights.

        Fiber reinforced polymer lower receiver and reinforced charging handle

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with a fiber reinforced polymer handguard and triangle sight.

        Fiber reinforced polymer lower with metal upper receiver

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FRONT/REAR SIGHTS

The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a removable iron rear sight paired with the front triangle sight.

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) does not come with a rear sight but has a front flip up sight.

The KWA CQR MOD 2 (right) comes with a removable iron rear sight and triangle front sight.

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REAR STOCK/BATTERY COMPARTMENT

The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a basic crane stock with 2 piece battery compartment butt stock plate.

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with a modified crane stock with flip down battery compartment access.

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with basic stock. Battery access is within the front handguard.

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MAGAZINES

The G&G CM16 Raider (left) comes with a metal Hi-Cap magazine

The Elite Force V2 CQB (center) comes with (2) metal Hi-Cap magazine

The KWA CQR Mod 2 (right) comes with a Mid-Cap 120rnd capacity magazine.

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INTERNALS & EXTRAS

G&G CM16 Raider

        – Standard V2 Gearbox                                            – Standard ratio gear set

        – Aluminum cylinder w/composite head                   – (6) 8mm bushings

        – Plastic piston                                                          – Plastic nozzle

        – Aluminum inner barrel with brass ring

        – Adjustable Hop-up with C-Clip with 2 o-ring attachment to brass barrel

ELITE FORCE V2 CQB

        – Reinforced standard V2 Gearbox                          – Standard ratio gear set

        – Aluminum cylinder w/composite head                   – (6) 8mm bushings

        – Plastic piston w/ metal teeth                                  – Plastic nozzle

        – Aluminum inner barrel with brass ring                    – Adjustable Hop-up

        – Micro-switch trigger (for slightly increased trigger response)

        – “Quick” change spring (Still have to remove gearbox from receiver, but don’t have to open gearbox)

KWA CQR MOD 2 

        – 2GX Gearbox

        – Heat treated gear set with 5mm reinforced torque gear

        – Fully brass inner barrel

        – Adjustable Hop-up with C-Clip attachment and 2GX high performance bucking

        – (6) 9mm bearings

        – Plastic piston with heat treated metal teeth

        – Reinforced cylinder with composite head

        – Thicker reinforced angled trigger post for decreased chance of damage

THE BATTERY QUESTION

Finally, we’ll discuss the impending question… “why don’t 2 of them come with a battery like the Raider?”

Elite Force recently released their V2 model CQB and CQC rifles and stopped packaging their equipment with a battery and charger. While the consumer may see this as “swindling” by the company- it was actually a strategic move for the benefit of the consumer. No longer packaging a battery with the gun increases the consumer’s ability to purchase and use a “fresh” battery as opposed to one that may have been sitting in a warehouse for a while which slowly drains the overall life of the battery itself. Now you get to choose if you want an 8.4v (eww… yuck), 9.6v (recommended) or upgrade a few components and go with a 7.4v LiPo (talk with a technician prior to this option).

The KWA CQR series, like most KWA rifles, also come without a battery so the consumer can choose if they want to stay with the typical recommended 9.6v or go straight to a 7.4v LiPo. It puts the power of choice into your hands!

That being said, we do sell the G&G CM16 Raiders with a battery and charger combo which we order specifically for our facility. That special order means they aren’t sitting in the warehouses for months on end like that. We chose to offer the addition of battery and charger to our customer as a convenience.

LETS SUM THIS UP

So we’ve gone over all the externals and internals of each rifle and as you can see, there are clearly some significant differences between each of the rifles from materials to quality of the internal components. All three comes with a 30 day manufacturer warranty and if you purchase through our online or walk-in retail location, you get an additional 30-day repair warranty!

We hope that this will give you some insight into your decision current or future.

You can find these three great rifles at our walk-in location or order them online for shipment within the continental U.S. at www.vipairsoftarmory.com

Stay tuned for more upcoming product comparisons and other helpful tips and tools!

VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS!

We received a lot of great videos for our 3rd annual Video Contest. After reviewing all the submissions, we are excited to announce the 1st and 2nd place winners!

FIRST PLACE – NOAH CHO!

SECOND PLACE – PETER HOFFEND

Congratulations again guys. Your prizes (thats right… $500 and $250 gift cards are all yours!) are here whenever you stop by and your videos will be featured on our social media and used in our marketing campaigns for the next year!

Our First Ever Rifle Raffle Comes to a Close….

First off, we would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a Rifle Raffle ticket with us this past month! You all really stepped up in support of your local community to help us give a great gift to the Boys & Girls Club East Valley Gilbert Branch. BGC is one of the NonProfit Foundations whose funding is being cut to $0 in a 5 year initiative from the town. We are now in year 3 of that initiative and this group is struggling to provide a safe place for children and teens. Boys&Girls Club is a place where kids can be in a welcoming environment and get a warm meal as well as an opportunity to learn through various clubs and sports they might not otherwise be able to participate in. The money raised from your ticket purchases will go to help keep the doors open to this great safe haven in our community.

If you are still feeling the holiday spirit, please consider donating further to their cause. Every donation made is tax deductible and remains here in the Valley.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUB!

Congratulations to all our winners who walked away with some great early Christmas gifts this year!

Stay tuned for our announcement of the VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS!

Holy Bonkers Batman! NEW HOURS for 2015!

There are so many new and exciting changes in the pipeline for January 1, 2015 here at our arena!! We are launching new proshop and arena hours starting over Winter Break and really hope you all like the change. It will allow us to offer more sessions throughout the year and especially over the school breaks!

We’ve also been revamping our field even more, so you’ll start to notice new doorways, new themes and new colors. We’ve already changed the flag poles, removed all the carpet from the stairs, added a few half-doors, hung new draping, built the zombie room, built the outdoors room, getting started on the boiler room, added new dummies and shook out all the netting! So much done, yet so much more on the “Honey Do” list!

2015 will also usher in some new team designations for game play in both the public sessions but also our overnight lockins! We trial ran it for our recent PMC Intl lock-in and it was really well received, so if you were there-you already have an idea of whats gonna happen! Give yourself a pat on the back!

You’ll start to notice lots of other changes through the facility and we feel its just about time we introduced them. New check-in system for repairs, new paint, new website goodies (including some easter eggs with hidden discounts!), new events being offered, new field look and more!

We can’t wait to see what you guys think of all the changes. We’re excited here for them for sure!